Saturday, June 15, 2013

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Today is June 15th, the 166th day of 2013. There are 199 days left in the year.


Seguin ready for bigger role, if needed, for Bruins.

Wild goalie Harding wins Masterton Trophy.

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King John of England put his seal on the Magna Carta on this date in 1215.


Esks 'optimistic' but still unsure of Nichols injury.

Lions rally late for pre-season win over Calgary.

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Colonists in North America completed James Fort in Jamestown, VA on this date in 1607.


A late pick-six was the difference Friday night, as the Saskatchewan Roughriders slipped past the Edmonton Eskimos 31-24, in the pre-season opener for both teams in front of 26,623 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta.

After holding the Eskimos on their initial possession, Saskatchewan would open the scoring on a 40 yard field goal by Chris Milo with 8:39 left in the opening quarter, giving the Riders a 3-0 lead. With just over 3 minutes left, Macho Harris intercepted a pass and returned it to the Edmonton 50. However, on the next play, Marcel Young scooped up a Taj Smith fumble and returned it up the right side 60 yards for the first major of the game. The Grant Shaw convert was good with 2:49 left and the Esks were up 7-3. On Edmonton's next possession, Carlos Thomas returned an interception 30 yards for 6. Milo's convert put Saskatchewan on top 10-7 with 1:00 left in the opening quarter.

After a Woodny Turenne interception, Milo, who missed his previous field goal attempt from 49 yards early in the second, would miss wide right from 50 yards, but the ball stayed in the endzone for a single with 9:33 left in the half, for an 11-7 Roughrider lead. The Eskimos regained the lead not quite 7 minutes later, when Mike Reilly found Isaiah Sweeney down the left side for a 77 yard catch and run touchdown. Shaw converted with 2:47 left and the Eskimos were back on top 14-11. A late scoring opportunity for Saskatchewan was spoiled by a lost fumble and Edmonton would take their 3 point lead into the halftime locker room.

In the third, defense ruled on both sides of the ball, with a Brody McKnight 27 yard field goal with 4:58 left, tying the game 14-14. The Riders would fumble a late punt away at their own 7 and one play later, Jacory Harris would scramble around right end for the major. Shaw would convert with 1:00 to play, putting the Eskies up 21-14.

Saskatchewan would take the ball at their own 52, with just over 12 minutes left in regulation. Levi Brown, in at the pivot, hit a couple of quick passes down the right side, but the drive soon stalled, with a McKnight 33 yard field goal trimming the deficit to 21-17, with 9:50 to play. Edmonton would then put together a nice-looking drive in the latter stages of the final quarter, with Shaw booting a 37 yard field goal with 2:58 to play, upping the Eskimo lead back to 7, and 24-17. Geno Sunseri would come back in at quarterback on the Riders' next possession and drove the team down the field, hitting DeDe Dorsey with a 1 yard pass, with 54.6 seconds to play. McKnight converted and the game was tied 24-24. Paul Woldu broke up a pass around midfield and Graig Newman picked it off, going 57 yards for the winning score with 23.4 seconds to go. McKnight tacked on the night's final point and Saskatchewan held on from there for the 31-24 win.

Tino Sunseri led the way for the Riders, going 9-of-12 for 122 yards and a touchdown to DeDe Dorsey. Greg Carr caught 4 passes for 101 yards and Brody McKnight kicked 2 field goals and 2 converts. Saskatchewan outgained Edmonton 425-348 and had 21 first downs to the Eskimos' 14.

The Roughriders will play their final pre-season game next Thursday, June 20th at home against the Calgary Stampeders. Kickoff on is set for 10:00pm EDT. Edmonton plays at BC on Friday, June 21st, at 10:00pm EDT.


Jean-Baptiste Denys administered the first fully-documented human blood transfusion on this date in 1667. He successfully transfused the blood of a sheep to a 15-year old boy.


Tampa, FL. — During last week's "ATL Debate Club," Gregg Rosenthal, Dan Hanzus and I tossed around ideas for our surprise team of 2013.

Hanzus cited the Cleveland Browns as a possibility, while Rosenthal picked Chip Kelly's Philadelphia Eagles. My pick? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Benjamin Franklin experimented by flying a kite during a thunderstorm on this date in 1752. The result was a little spark that showed the relationship between lightning and electricity.


St. Petersburg, FL. -- Crooked numbers continued to haunt Rays starters. On Friday night, the Royals hung a four-spot on Rays left-hander Matt Moore in the fifth and came away with a 7-2 win at Tropicana Field.

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Arkansas became the 25th U.S. state on this date in 1836.


Pittsburgh, PA. -- The perception that Madison Bumgarner someday will throw a no-hitter continued to grow Friday night. And we all know that perception often becomes reality.

Bumgarner approached history again, holding the Atlanta Braves hitless for five innings before finishing with a two-hitter over seven innings as the Giants prevailed, 6-0.

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Charles Goodyear was granted a patent for the process that strengthens rubber on this date in 1844.


Jimmy the Graduate and his Daddy.


You're reading the Johnny Blog. Almost as much fun as watching replays of Oregon State football, isn't it?


Today in Elvis History

1961 - In Memphis, TN, the Elvis Presley film "Wild in the Country" premiered. 

1964 - Elvis Presley completed the vocal tracks for the soundtrack to "Girl Happy." He would not go into a recording studio again for eight months. 

1965 - The EP "Tickle Me" shipped. The soundtrack contained five previously unreleased songs. 

1974 - Elvis Presley began a 18-date tour at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, TX. 


The United States and Britain settled a boundary dispute concerning the boundary between the U.S. and Canada on this day in 1846, by signing a treaty.


Today in Beatles History:

1966 - The Beatles album, "Yesterday & Today" was released by Capitol Records. 

1974 - Paul McCartney and Wings announced the addition of Geoff Britton, who replaced Denny Seiwell. 

1993 - FOX-TV aired "Paul McCartney Live in the New World." It was McCartney's first live concert to be televised.


Henry O. Flipper became the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on this date in 1877.


Today in Sports History:

1909 - Benjamin Shibe was given the patent for the cork baseball center. 

1925 - The Philadelphia Athletics defeated the Cleveland Indians 17-15. The Athletics had been down 11 runs heading into the bottom of the eighth inning. 

1938 - Johnny Vander Meer (Cincinnati Reds) pitched his second straight no-hitter. 

1949 - Eddie Waitkus (Philadelphia) was seriously injured when a female fan entered his hotel room and shot him. 

1952 - The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the New York Giants 14-12 after being down 11-0 in the fifth inning. 

1963 - Juan Marichal (San Francisco) threw a no-hitter. It was the first Giants no-hitter since Carl Hubbell in 1929. 

1977 - The New York Mets dealt Tom Seaver to the Cincinnati Reds. 

1980 - Jack Nicklaus won his fourth U.S. Open title. 

1993 - Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 100th career home run making him the sixth youngest to reach 100. 

1995 - During the O.J. Simpson murder trial, O.J. was asked to put on a pair of gloves. The gloves were said to have been worn by the killer on the night of the murders of Nicole Brown and Ronald Goldman. The gloves appeared not to fit. 

2005 - The New York Yankees announced plans for a new $800 million stadium. The plans called for the building to be next to Yankee Stadium and be ready by the 2009 season.


The Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. was incorporated in the state of New York on this date in 1911. The company was later renamed International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. 


Coming Up:

Tonight --

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway 2:00pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series -- Milwaukee Indy Fest at West Allis, Wisconsin 4:00pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 4:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals 4:10pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway 1:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays vs Kansas City Royals 1:40pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants at Atlanta Braves 8:05pm EDT

Monday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Tuesday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 10:15pm EDT

Wednesday --

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres 3:45pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox 7:10pm EDT

Thursday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Miami Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Friday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 7:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Miami Marlins 10:15pm EDT

Saturday --

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 1:05pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Miami Marlins 4:05pm EDT

Nascar Nationwide Series -- Johnsonville Sausage 200 presented by Menards at Road America 5:00pm EDT

Sunday --

Nascar Sprint Cup Series -- Toyota - Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway 2:00pm EDT

MLB -- Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees 2:05pm EDT

Izod Indy Car Series -- Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Newton, Iowa 2:30pm EDT

MLB -- San Francisco Giants vs Miami Marlins 4:05pm EDT


That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by, see you tomorrow!

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